Dr Shiao Chow

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

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Personal statement

I graduated from the University of Queensland (Australia) with a BBiotech (Honours Class I) and PhD in Chemical Sciences under the supervision of Prof. David Fairlie, where I worked on synthetic metalloenzymes, developed helical peptidomimetics, and led drug discovery campaigns against infectious diseases. I joined the group of Prof Luke Odell (Uppsala University, Sweden) as a Carl Tryggers Fellow and developed novel carbonylative transformations using transition metal, photoredox and radical catalysis, and implemented these methods to develop 11C-radiotracers. I then joined the lab of Prof Adam Nelson (Leeds University, UK) and worked on the development of autonomous drug discovery platform. In 2018, I received a MSCA fellowship and joined the University of Edinburgh, where I developed targeted cancer theranostics with Prof Unciti-Broceta, and targeted cancer therapeutics with Prof Liz Patton as a MRC Fellow. In 2022, I joined the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry as a Chancellor's Fellow.

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Area of Expertise

  • synthetic chemisty
  • transition metal catalysis
  • peptidomimetics
  • radiochemistry
  • high-throughput experimentation
  • chemical biology
  • molecular imaging
  • positron emission tomography

Prize And Awards

Lean Launch Programme Award
Recipient
2022
Wellcome Trust iTPA Springboard Award
Recipient
2021
EUREKA/CRUK Entrepreneurial Programme Award
Recipient
2020
MRC Proximity-to-Discovery Award
Recipient
2020
Marie Curie Individual Fellowship
Recipient
2018
Carl Tryggers Fellowship
Recipient
2014

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Research Interests

My research interests are centred on a ‘Catalysis’ theme, and interface computational science, chemistry and biology. My research aims to build next generation bioorthogonal catalysts – by combining nature’s enzymes and synthetic catalysts – to perform advanced biological interrogation in living systems. The long term aims of my research are to develop smarter diagnostic tools for early detection and disease prevention.

Professional Activities

Scottish Research Showcase - Explorathon 22
Recipient
3/11/2022
Chaired BSc Literature Project Presentation
Participant
24/1/2024
Strathclyde Supervisor Programme
Participant
2024
Internal Examiner of PhD viva
Examiner
9/2023
M.Chem. and M.Sci. research project examination
Examiner
6/2023
Becoming a Strathclyde Supervisor: Part of the Strathclyde Supervisor Development Programme
Participant
18/5/2023

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Projects

Closing the Loop in Sustainable Metal Catalysis in the Laboratory
Chow, Shiao (Principal Investigator)
04-Jan-2024 - 03-Jan-2025
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Madoda, Mxolisi
Beveridge, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) Chow, Shiao (Co-investigator) Madoda, Mxolisi (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
Bioorthogonal Catalysts for Targeted Cancer Detection
Chow, Shiao (Principal Investigator)
31-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2024
Programmable Catalysts for Cancer Detection
Chow, Shiao (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 29-Jan-2024

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Contact

Dr Shiao Chow
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Pure and Applied Chemistry

Email: shiao.chow@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 2275